People are skeptical that Hillary Clinton is serious about fixing the VA health care system, partially because of what she’s said but mostly because of what she hasn’t said. Follow this link to read Mrs. Clinton’s “comprehensive” VA health care reform. According to Mrs. Clinton’s website, she cites specific steps to accomplish her goals, starting with ensuring “veterans access to timely and high quality health care”, followed by personally convening “the Secretaries of Veterans Affairs and Defense”, improving “health care for women at the VHA”, ending “the veteran suicide epidemic” and continue “efforts to identify and treat invisible, latent, and toxic wounds of war.”
What isn’t said in Mrs. Clinton’s statement is that the corrupt bureaucrats that’ve received 6-figure bonuses while not fixing the wait times for veterans would be fired in a Clinton administration. Without the termination of these ‘corruptocrats’, there can’t be effective reform.
Mrs. Clinton momentarily mentions the need to create “a culture of accountability, service, and excellence at the VA” by holding “every employee accountable for their performance and conduct.” According to her statement on comprehensive VA health care reform, Mrs. Clinton insists that “Secretary McDonald has done a commendable job of refocusing the VA on its core mission: putting veterans first.” Gabrielle Levy’s article offers a contrary opinion, saying “In Phoenix, where reports that at least 40 veterans died while waiting for care touched off the scandal, evidence of change is hard to come by”, adding that Veterans staged a protest outside the beleaguered hospital on Monday, complaining that they still struggled with “delayed appointments, denied appointments and falsification of veterans’ medical records. If you’re putting individuals in positions who are not concerned about the veterans, then veterans are going to continue to receive the lower level care that they’ve always been receiving,” Ricky Barnes, the protest organizer, told the local ABC affiliate.”
It’s pretty powerful when someone who’s dealt with the mismanagement, the delays and substandard health care says that veterans still struggled with “delayed appointments, denied appointments and falsification of veterans’ medical records.” Statements like that strip credibility from Mrs. Clinton’s statement that Secretary McDonald “has done a commendable job of refocusing the VA.” It sounds like more Clintonesque spin than sincere leadership in solving problems.
Meanwhile, wait times remained arduously long, even for veterans in need of critical, even life-saving care.
In August, the center had 8,000 requests for care for which wait times exceeded 90 days, a estimation whistle-blowers said fell short of reality. Nationwide, half a million appointments came after more than 30 days, according to documents obtained by CNN.
“The reality is veterans are waiting months — three, six months at a time, sometimes more — for care at the Phoenix VA,” the source told CNN.
In the private sector, those executives wouldn’t be commended for the job they’d done. They would’ve been unceremoniously frog-marched out of the office after getting fired. In the public sector, they’re given 6-figure bonuses after being commended for a job well done.